Bob had the right track on the USS BATES. However, the reference I had showed the one I covered to have been recently retired after 25 years at sea. I didn't think that I had the correct ship, but it was a USS BATES.
and follow the instructions, (type only ELLIS or ELLIS ROBERT G.)you will come up with a list of about about 130 men with the name ELLIS. Drop down to ROBERT G. ELLIS, and you have your kin.
The printed page reads:
ROBERT G. ELLIS Coxswain, U.S.Navy 03378518 United States Navy Entered the Service from : Missouri Died : May 25, 1945 Missing or Buried at Sea Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii Awards: Purple Heart
The printout includes a beautiful view of the Memorial.
If you can't call this page up, give me an address and I will be pleased to mail you the copy, without charge, of course.
Sorry about the mix up in ships. I guess we are all entitled to have a bad day every now and then.